Garbage, rubbish and trash are commonly defined as being worthless. Paul, the evangelist in Philippians 3:7-11 described all that he had stood for and upheld before becoming a Christian, as rubbish.
Those who live long enough to learn what life is about, and that may be short, will recognise that not all they did was profitable for themselves or others. When seen in the light of day, they measure the significance of their past actions in terms of worth - worth not based on wealth through the acquisition of riches, but on value-added love through the giving of self for the good of others. This may sound altruistic, but the alternative selfish, self-gain, self-willed lifestyle brings no satisfaction. Those transformed by the light of the Gospel understand the foolishness of seeking to gain the whole world in exchange for their soul.*On the road to Damascus,** Paul was challenged by Christ who appeared to him in a blinding light, and from that point on, his life became profitable. Repentant and renewed, he was enabled to throw away the trash and count it as worthless, and thereafter live a worthy, selfless life in the service of God.
Much of what I have done with my life has been worthless trash, but I praise God for His revelation in Christ and I look to the future.
*Matthew 16:26 ‘For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?’
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